The George Lopez Show
Actress Aimee Garcia has been in show business since she was a child. She is perhaps best remembered by TV audiences as the spoiled niece of George Lopez in the comedy series “The George Lopez Show” (2006-2007), from which she netted ALMA and Imagen Award nominations. Previously, the accomplished ballet dancer played energetic med student Lydia on “All About the Andersons” (2003-2004), Maria Tiant on “Greetings from Tucson” (2002-2003) and young Nina on “American Family” (2002). The Chicago native has also guest starred in such TV series as “ER,” “V.I.P.,” “CSI: NY,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “Supernatural” and “Bones” and acted in TV movies like “Cadet Kelly” (2001) and “Global Frequency” (2005). She is set to star in the television movie “Operating Instructions” (2009).
On the big screen, Garcia appeared in “D.E.B.S.” (2004), “A Lot Like Love” (2005), “Cruel World” (2005), “Dirty” (2005), “D-War” (2007), “Graduation” (2007) and “Major Movie Star” (2008). Moviegoers will see her play roles in the upcoming films “Convincing Clooney,” “Go for It!” and “B-Girl” (all 2009).
Besides acting, Garcia is a passionate athlete and enjoys swimming, water skiing, snow skiing, horseback riding, basketball, kayaking, rock climbing, ice skating, in-line skating, swing dancing, and Frisbee golf. She also plays the piano. When Garcia is not working, she teaches Spanish to junior high and high school students. With her Wall Street experience, she also gives advice to friends on their financial investments.
Childhood and Family:
Aimee Garcia was born on November 28, 1978, in Chicago, Illinois. A skilled dancer, she studied ballet and jazz for fifteen years and began studying languages when she was three years old (speaks Spanish, English and French).
Aimee attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. After graduating, she enrolled at Northwestern University and earned degrees in Journalism and Economics. While in college, she became a member of Northwestern University's Grafitti Dancers.
Aimee is a resident of Los Angeles, California. She enjoys chess, traveling overseas and sports.
All About the Andersons
Trained dancer Aimee Garcia made her first professional stage debut at age 7 in Paul Mejia's “Cinderella” at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. She went on to perform Clara in “The Nutcracker” and was in up to twenty shows per month by the time she was 12 years old. Later Garcia, who was a member of the Young People's Company, received a Best Actress honor from the Chicago Tribune for her work in “Journey of the Sparrows.” She was then cast in “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” which collected seven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations.
Garcia made her screen debut in 1996 when she landed a part in the high school drama “Homecoming.” She followed it up three years later with the guest role of Leanne Lawfer in the long running TV series “ER.” A graduate of Northwestern University, she also spent time on Wall Street working as a mutual fund analyst before eventually heading to Hollywood to become a full-time actress.
In 2001, Garcia was cast as a young Ruby Derain in “Betaville,” which starred John Astin. It was followed by appearances in episodes of “Resurrection Blvd.,” “V.I.P.,” “The Agency,” “Angel” and “MDs” and supporting roles in the made-for-TV film “Cadet Kelly,” opposite Hilary Duff, Gary Cole and Shawn Ashmore. She also appeared in the short movie “L.T.R.” (2002) and landed a five episode role in the Fox television series “American Family,” in which she was cast as young Nina. She graduated to a starring role in the comedy series “Greetings from Tucson,” which ran for one season from 2002 to 2003. In the series, she portrayed 18-year-old Maria Tiant, opposite Rebecca Creskoff, Julio Oscar Mechoso and Pablo Santos.
After the demise of “Greetings from Tucson,” Garcia won her next regular role on the short-lived sitcom “All About the Andersons” (2003-2004), where she starred as Lydia, a lively med student who lives with the Anderson family. She also appeared with actress/singer Jessica Simpson in a 22 minute comedy titled “Jessica” (2004), was featured with Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster and Meagan Good in the movie “D.E.B.S.” (2004), which was written and directed by Angela Robinson, and played Lola in Marisol Torres' “Boricua” (2004). She then narrated the James L. Brooks comedy “Spanglish” (2004), which starred Adam Sandler. The actress also appeared in an episode of “Las Vegas” (2004).
From 2005 to 2006, Garcia kept busy appearing in such TV series as “CSI: NY” and “Lovespring International” and acting in such films as “Global Frequency” (TV, opposite Michelle Forbes), “A Lot Like Love,” a romance starring Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher and Taryn Manning, “Cruel World,” with Edward Furlong and Susan Ward, “Dirty,” opposite Clifton Collins Jr., Brittany Daniel and Cuba Gooding Jr., and “The Alibi,” starring Steve Coogan. In addition, she appeared in the TV pilot “Ultra” as Kyra and portrayed Alicia Johnson in the dramatic movie “Mercy Street,” which was written and directed by Michael David Trozzo. The film premiered at the 2006 Annapolis Film Festival and was released theatrically in the U.S. in April 2007.
However, Garcia did not hit the big time until she won the regular role of Veronica on the ABC comedy series “George Lopez,” a role she played during the 2006 - 2007 season. Playing the ill-natured niece, Garcia's part was originally planned to appear in four episodes but due to its growing popularity, her character was brought back to the show for the final season as the replacement of Masiela Lusha. For her effort, Garcia was given an Imagen nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Television and an ALMA nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie (both 2007). 2007 also saw Garcia in “D-War,” a thriller which cast her as Amanda Brook's best friend, in Michael Mayer's “Graduation,” opposite Shannon Lucio and Adam Arkin, and “7eventy 5ive,” a horror film co-written and directed by Brian Hooks and Deon Taylor. She also appeared in episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Standoff.”
The next year, Garcia joined Anthony Natale, Sabrina Lloyd, Lupe Ontiveros, Margot Kidder and Robert Picardo in the Ann Calamia drama “Universal Signs,” played Private Vicky Castillo in the Steve Miner comedy “Major Movie Star” (2008), in which she was reunited with Jessica Simpson, and supported Sasha Barrese and Paulo Costanzo in the made-for-TV movie “The More Things Change” (2008), which was directed by Todd Phillips. She also made guest appearances in “Supernatural,” “My Boys” and “CSI: Miami.”
Recently appearing in episodes of “Gary Unmarried” and “Bones” (both 2009), Garcia will costar with Sulo Williams and Rosanna Arquette in the comedy movie “Convincing Clooney” (2009), which was also written by Williams. She is set to play Carmen Salgado and Rosie in Carmen Marron's “Go for It” (2009) and Emily Dell's “B-Girl” (2009) respectively. In the upcoming television film “Operating Instructions” (2009), directed by Andy Tennant, Garcia was cast as Megan. Costars in the drama include Emily Rose, Johnny Sneed, Christine Lahti, Nick Zano, Diana-Maria Riva, Assaf Cohen and Edi Gathegi.